We're facing a global pandemic.
Just like that, film production came to a halt in March 2020,
and slowly we're getting back to set.
As much as it pains me not to have all the answers right now,
I'm definitely taking this time to ask all the questions.
I'll use this page to share a few articles and resources I've encountered,
As well as tell you a little about what I've been up to during this quarantine.
During the pandemic, I've become the Chief Operating Officer at F.E.E.L. We are a non-profit, concentrating our film production skills and personnel in helping the frontlines. By May, along with our partners, we've sourced and delivered thousands of N95 masks, face shields and cloth masks to dozens of hospitals in New York. Our initiative of Feed The Freelancers has also fed over 500 families in New York and New Jersey.
Together with director Lauren Anders Brown, I'm producing the documentary "When The Shifts Change". Inspired by New York's 7PM cheers, we focus on our essential workers, how their lives have changed and the new roles they've taken during the pandemic. Here's our trailer and it's set to premiere at the Global Health Film Festival.
Albeit the different politics, races, classes, languages, countries, temperatures, sizes, the entire world experiencing this pandemic together. With interviews on all continents, we aim to illustrate this worldwide historic moment. Along with filmmakers Nahuel Attar, Ting Lik To, Alessio Cappelletti, Joe Giallombardo and Frida Marzouk.
PGA PRODUCTION SAFETY TASK FORCE
Producer's Guild of America COVID-19 Safety Protocols, for producing independent productions. More here.
THE SAFE WAY FORWARD
A Joint Report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’ Committees for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. More here.
THE WHITE PAPER
The AMPTP – Unions Document – “The White Paper”. More here.
COVID-19 Compliance and Health & Safety Courses
COVID-19 Compliance Officer (C19CO)
As film, commercial, music video, and photo shoots begin to open up across the country, a need has emerged for a new crew position: COVID-19 Compliance Officer (C19CO / HSS). Fee: $50 More here.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing
In this introductory course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, the evidence for transmission and why contact tracing is an effective public health intervention.
Georgia Film Academy Courses
Courses for Grips & Electric as well as General Prevention on set. More here.
FREE COVID-19 AWARENESS
Learn all the basics of COVID-19 symptoms, transmission, and prevention methods, so you’ll be able to identify coronavirus and stop it from spreading.
World Health Organization Courses
Different free courses from the World Health Organization.
Worldwide COVID-19 Film Production Guidelines
As the world begin to reopen, official production protocols and safety guidelines relating to COVID-19 are being released by countries, states and organizations. To help keep track of the latest information across the globe, we will update this page, Worldwide Covid-19 Film Production Guidelines, with relevant information as it becomes available. More here.
PANDEMIC PRODUCTION GUIDELINES BY STATE: A DEFINITIVE GUIDE FOR FILM AND TV PROJECTS by Media Services
The film and TV industry is eager to know when and where production is going to be coming back full force, or even half force. As we know, there is no single answer for this, as post-COVID re-opening guidelines are being set case-by-case, per state and local government offices. More here.
COVID-19 WORKPLACE GUIDELINES AND CONSIDERATIONS
This document has been assembled with the mindset that we will have to place an unprecedented amount of thought and planning into steadfast attention regarding hygiene and sanitation that maintains safe and healthy working environments. More here.
Lionsgate Production Safety Guidelines
In an effort to protect our cast and crew from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Lionsgate/Starz (the “Company”) is continuing to establish new policies and practices to provide a safe working environment for all productions. More here.
COVID-19 Filmmaking Resource Guide
As many stay-at-home orders begin to expire and employers return to the workplace, understanding how to safely navigate is more important than ever, especially for entertainment professionals resuming on-set and in-office production work. More here.
What Producers Should Look For in COVID-19 Safety Officers
In most cases, Public Health and union regulations require production companies to have a certified COVID-19 Safety Compliance Officer present on set from pre-call to taillights. More here.
COVID-19 Protection Plan by Smashbox Studios More here.
from Jess: One of the best drafted plans I've seen so far from a studio for commercial shoots
When and how will the film industry be back? Opinion Articles
Reopening Hollywood: From Insurance To Testing, Crowd Scenes & Craft Services, Here Are The Pandemic Problems Studios Are Trying To Solve Before The Restart
Entertainment is a major portion of the California economy and, with the production shutdow, furloughs and paycuts implemented by reeling studios, there has been a growing discussion among executives and producers about how to ease back into production, along with the big challenges a return poses. More here.
Film Florida Releases Detailed Recommendations For Safe Sets In Era Of COVID-19: No Director’s Chairs, No Trailers, Clear Barriers For Actors & More
As active discussions continue about setting industry guidelines for safe return to production amid the coronavirus pandemic, Film Florida has released the most comprehensive set of sut recommendations yet. More here.
New Document Lays Out Plan to Resume Movie and TV Productions With Strict Quarantine Pods
As Hollywood contemplates the risks and uncertainties around going back into production after the coronavirus-imposed shutdowns, strategies for scaled-back sets are beginning to emerge. More here.
Prepare For The Death and Rebirth of Hollywood
Production, exhibition, and good old fashion power are all being violently uprooted in tinsel town and where we land twelve months from now is going to look very different from the last twenty years. Cue creepy music and a slow track into a crystal ball. More here.